Nursing: RN to BSN & MSN

Nursing and healthcare are consistently evolving with new technology, research and legislation that change patient care on a daily basis. Today, public health organizations, hospitals and universities are recruiting nurses with advanced education to fill these key roles.

With Webster's nursing degree programs, students learn and apply the latest nursing theory and research, which also prepares them to teach, develop, and provide the best nursing practice.

Graduate-Level Study: MSN

Webster University's master of science in nursing (MSN) program provides the advanced theory, skills and nursing knowledge students need to be successful in the dynamic field of nursing. Graduate students have the opportunity to learn from nurses representing various backgrounds in the health care field. This integration of theory and real-world practice enhances the relevance and value of the overall learning experience.

Webster's MSN program is designed for working professionals, offering part-time evening courses in eight-week terms at the Webster Groves Home campus starting annually in March. Our Corporate Partner locations, BJC Health Care has annual starts in January and August and SSM Healthcare has an annual in October.

Graduate students can choose the Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader focus and tailor their MSN to their professional goals. Webster also offers graduate certificates in Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader. Students in Geneva can earn a graduate certificate in Healthcare Leadership.

Undergraduate Study: RN-BSN Completion

► In 2010, the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark report, The Future of Nursing, which recommended that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees be increased to 80 percent by 2020.

► According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s in nursing will have better job prospects than those without one.

► A study published in Nursing Outlook in 2013 found that nurses prepared at the BSN level were found to have higher levels of job satisfaction.

► A 2008 study in Health Services Research concluded that a nurse workforce with a higher proportion of nurses with BSNs would result in substantially better patient outcomes.

The bachelor of science in nursing (RN-BSN) completion program is designed for currently registered nurses who want to take his or her nursing practice to the next level. The program helps nurses develop the theoretical knowledge and real-world skills they need to meet the growing demands of the nursing profession. 

Webster's RN-BSN completion curriculum focuses on holistic health promotion for the individual student, the profession, the individual client, the family, groups, and the community. The faculty represent a variety of healthcare backgrounds, ensuring each student's exposure to diverse perspectives. Webster University places a strong emphasis on the nurse's personal development, the needs and future of the profession and the broad, accountable nursing role that is needed and expected by today's health care consumer. 

Our RN-BSN completion program is offered online or onsite with part-time eight-week sessions. Program entry is annually in August for the Webster Groves Home Campus and Online. The onsite course offerings at our Corporate Partner locations SSM Health Care and BJC Health Care start annually in January. The average student can complete the program requirements in approximately two - three years.

Program graduates are employed at highly-regarded organizations including BJC Health Care, SSM Health Care, Mercy, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Health System in careers as clinical nurses, nurse administrators, nurse educators, and nursing faculty.

Points of Distinction

  • Learn from professionals in the healthcare field and acquire knowledge in class that can be applied the next day at work.
  • Students can establish credit for prior nursing education and/or nursing knowledge and skills.
  • Webster’s corporate partnerships allow the nursing program to extend tuition discounts to nurses currently working at certain area hospitals.
  • Small faculty to student ratio to ensure close and individualized academic advising.
  • The RN-BSN and MSN programs at Webster University are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: (404) 975-5000).

Nursing Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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